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 1979 Baseball Digest
Metallic Creations Signature Miniatures Baseball Digest ad
Metallic Creations Signature Miniatures ad

Baseball Digest
Sculptured Metal Figurines Matalic Creations Statues
Additional Players added


  1979 Metallic Creations Signature Miniatures Pewter Statues & Checklist
 
1979 Metallic Creations Signature Miniatures Pewter Statues
Metallic Creations Signature Miniatures Pewter Statues
Item Details
  • CIRCA - 1979-1981
  • MANUFACTURER - Metallic Creations, El Monte, CA
  • SIZE -  Approximately 3-1/2" tall
    (depending on the pose)
  • PRICE GUIDE - $15.00-$30.00
    on average for premium players in Excellent condition. Common Staues $7.50 (Double Silver plated statues)

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NOTES:
 
    The 1979 Metallic Creations, Signature Miniatures, pewter statues collector sets were commissioned from some of Americas best know artists and sculptors. "Each of these distinctive statuettes of Your favorite baseball stars are approximately 3-1/2 high, in pewter-like finish metal." Complete in every detail. The miniature statues feature the player's name on the top of the base, and included a 3-5/8" x 5" black bordered baseball card featuring a full color portrait of the player, a facsimile signature, and stats on the back. The early statues came with a photographic paper print, with rounded corners, and had a blank back.

 The first issue of the Metallic Creations statuettes originally sold for $9.95 each. A set of 4, Aaron, Mays, Ott, and Kiner sold for $37.95 plus $6.00 Shipping. The previous 4 statues listed were made available "Plated beautifully in genuine antique silver, for only $64.95."  The "Hall Of Fame Series" consisted of eight "Pewter-Like" statues of Mathewson, Cobb, Wagner, Hornsby, Gehrig, Johnson, Ruth, and Speaker sold for $69.95, and $129.95 for antique silver plated.

Advertised as "Sculptured Metal Figurines" in Baseball Digest, the statues sold for $12.00 each, eight for $80.00. The second wave of statues were advertised for $13.95 each, and included Sandy Hawley, a Hall of Fame jockey.

 Metallic Creations, the company that manufactured the statues seemed to have gone into bankruptcy and ceased production late into the run so some of the statues are extremely scarce and may not exist at all. Cards have surfaced without statues, and some statues surfaced without cards. Another company, Loco International, made an attempt to continue the series into 1981. The new statues included George Brett, Roberto Clemente, Steve Garvey, Thurman Munson, Pete Rose, and Nolan Ryan. They were made in the same way as the original series, with the players name on the base, and original factory box, but were slightly larger, and noticeably unproportional.

 The checklist below was compiled using magazine advertisements, Signature Miniatures baseball cards, statues that have physically surfaced, and they are listed in alphabetical order. An asterisk has been placed next to statues that are positively known to exist (21)
 
  1979 Signature Miniatures Pewter Statues Checklist  
 
1 Hank Aaron* 20 Davey Lopes*
2 Vida Blue 21 Christy Mathewson*
3 George Brett 22 Willie Mays*
4 Rod Carew* 23 Willie McCovey*
5 Ceasar Cedeno* 24 Lee Mazzilli
6 Frank Chance 25 Thurman Munson*
7 Roberto Clemente* 26 Al Oliver
8 Ty Cobb* 27 Mel Ott*
9 Dizzy Dean 28 Gaylord Perry
10 Johnny Evers 29 Pete Rose
11 Steve Garvey* 30 Babe Ruth*
12 Lou Gehrig* 31 Nolan Ryan
13 Ron Guidry* 32 Tris Speaker*
14 Rogers Hornsby* 33 Willie Stargell
15 Bob Horner 34 Frank Tanana
16 Walter Johnson* 35 Joe Tiner
17 Ralph Kiner* 36 Honus Wagner*
18 Sandy Koufax* 37 Maury Wills
19 Bob Lemon 38 Cy Young
 
 
 
 
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Bottom of 1979 Metallic Creations Signature Miniatures Statue photographic paper print/Baseball Card  Original factory box packed with foam protection (Silver Series)

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